Northern Rockhopper Penguin
We are currently home to a small colony of northren rockhopper penguins. They are the smallest species of penguins we have at Edinburgh Zoo, but what they lack in size they made up for in attitude!
On World Penguin Day, 25 April 2017, our keepers were delighted to announce the arrival of the Zoo’s first rockhopper penguin chick in eight years.
Location in the Zoo
They can normally be found in our Penguins Rock enclosure, except for breeding season.
Our rockhoppers start nesting in February/March each year, just before this, keepers will move the rockies up to their breeding enclosure which is located at the bottom of the big cat walk. This is to simulate the migration they would make in the wild. Any eggs will be laid in March/April with any chicks hatching at the end of April or the beginning of May. If you visit the Zoo in August/September, you will see the rockhoppers looking particularly scruffy as they go through their annual moult.
Breeding Programme Category:
Our northren rockhoppers are managed by the European Stud Book programme.